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The North East was the engine of the world. It powered the planet with its coal, but transported it with its ships.

 

Though the docks are filled in, the collective memory of the hard graft and creaking hulls live on. 

Scroll down to discover the famous shipyards which fuelled the growth of this great region.

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SUN009

Wear

Ravens Wheel, Barkes Shipyard

Sunderland

Southwick

John Barkes

Updated:

17 Apr 2024

SUN008

Wear

Ravens Wheel, Shipyard

Sunderland

Southwick

George Barker

Updated:

17 Apr 2024

SUN007

Wear

North Sands, Austin Yard

Sunderland

Monkwearmouth

Peter Austin

Updated:

2 Apr 2024

SUN005

Wear

Low Street, Alcock Shipyard

Sunderland

Sunderland

John Thomas Alcock, Charles Alcock, Robert Hutton Potts

Updated:

24 Mar 2024

SUN004

Wear

Pallion, Adamson Shipyard

Sunderland

Pallion

William Adamson (1855 - 1870)

Updated:

18 Mar 2024

HB001

Tyne

Hawthorn Leslie, Shipyard

Hebburn

Hebburn

R.W Hawthorn, Leslie and Company Ltd. (1853 - 1968), Swan Hunter and Tyne Shipbuilders Ltd. (1968 - 1977), British Shipbuilders (1977), Cammel Lairds

Updated:

15 Mar 2024

SUN003

Wear

Wear Dockyard

Sunderland

Bishopwearmouth

William Adamson, Peter Austin, Samuel Peter Austin (SP Austin & Son), Austin and Pickersgill

Updated:

12 Mar 2024

SUN002

Wear

Ayres Quay, Shipyard

Sunderland

Ayres Quay

William R Abbay

Updated:

10 Mar 2024

SUN001

Wear

Hendon, Medieval Shipyard

Sunderland

Hendon

Thomas Menvill

Updated:

8 Mar 2024

HAR009

Hartlepool

Central Shipbuilding Yard

Hartlepool

Throston

William Gray

Updated:

22 Feb 2024

HAR008

Hartlepool

Irvine Shipyard

Hartlepool

West Hartlepool

Robert Irvine, Alexander Currie, Irvine Currie & Co., Robert Irvine Jnr., Christopher Furness

Updated:

9 Feb 2024

HAR007

Hartlepool

Swainson Dock, Shipyard

Hartlepool

West Hartlepool

John Pile, Joseph Spence (1852 - 1866), Denton Gray & Co. (1868), William Gray, William Cresswell Gray

Updated:

29 Jan 2024

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Background photo: Readhead's Shipyard c1960 by Ronald Sanderson, copyright free from Tyne and Wear Archives

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